MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus
Another Wilmington debut. Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. This astounding play casts all women to portray these intrepid conquerors of nature, in a wonderful blend of comedy, adventure, history and movement. An exhilarating take on the first official U.S. government-sponsored passage through the Grand Canyon, told through a brand new lens, as well as an exploration of how we look at history, and who we allow to tell it.
off-the-canyon-walls funny Variety.
marvelously destabilizing both as history and theater. The stalwartness and selfishness of the adventurerstheir cockiness and cluelessnessbecome biting satire when sent up by women." New York Magazine.
you will surely want to spend time with the hearty title characters of MEN ON BOATS[a] rollicking history pageant makes canny use of the obvious distance between performers and their roles to help bridge the distance between then and nowThe tone is comic, but never cute or camp. And ultimately, you feel, the play respects its bold if fallible pioneers, in all their natural bravery and fearfulness. The New York Times.
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613 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
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